Celebrate the beginning of calving season as the North Atlantic right whales make their annual return to the coastal waters off Georgia and northeastern Florida!
With some estimates as low as just 360 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in the world. When a population is this small, their recovery is dependent upon the protection of each and every remaining whale. Right whales spend much of their year migrating between feeding grounds in the North Atlantic, from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, and the warm, coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida where they give birth and nurse their young. The whales begin to arrive in these waters around the end of November and when spring arrives in March and April, the whales will once again make the long journey back to northern waters, often with a new calf in tow.
Take Part In Wildlife Conservation Through Learning
The 7th Annual Right Whale Festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on November 21, 2015 at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
This event has been growing in popularity and now attracts over 3,500 people each year! Enjoy live music, food trucks, art and photography, kids’ activities, displays promoting water recreation and eco-tourism, art and unique gifts for sale, expert speakers, marine conservation organizations, silent auction, custom RWF t-shirts, and an interactive right whale art mural! Come early for the morning beach cleanup with Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, or the 5K race / 2.5K fun run on the beach.
It’s a free, outdoor festival for all ages and is the perfect opportunity to learn about the threats currently facing right whales, like accidental ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Despite federal protection, it’s believed that there are fewer than 550 North Atlantic right whales in existence today.
The RWF is the sister festival to the Farewhale Festival held on Tybee Island each March, which bids the whales “farewell” as they migrate to their northern feeding grounds.